The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award shortlist has been revealed including Yiyun Li’s A Sheltered Woman about a Chinese-American nanny, and Rebecca F. John’s The Glove Maker’s Numbers about how a woman manages her grief.
The other shortlisted writers include Elizabeth McCracken for Hungry, Paula Morris for False River, Scott O’Connor for Interstellar Space and Madeline Thien for The Wedding Cake.
Judge Alex Clark commented: “We loved all the stories on our longlist, so whittling it down was no easy matter and provoked serious and spirited debate. But our final six represent the variety, ambition and invention we encountered throughout the judging process – and they also reflect the continuing health and vitality of this wonderful form.”
All those shortlisted will receive £1,000. The winner of the £30,000 prize will be unveiled at Stationer’s Hall in London on 24 April.
The children’s charity I CAN is encouraging people to adopt a word for £15 this Mother’s Day. All participants will receive a special limited edition Guess How Much I Love You Adopt a Word certificate, and will be entered into a competition to win one of ten Guess How Much I Love You gift packs.
The money raised will benefit more than 1 million children in the UK with speech and communication difficulties.
Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram’s Guess How Much I Love You is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. It has sold more than 28 million copies in 53 languages worldwide.
Word adoptions can be made from today until 15 March.
The charity Booktrust and a group of four newspapers Mid-Somerset Series have united to create the Love Words reading campaign to inspire families to read more books.
The fun campaign running until 2 April will include reading lists, advice from writers, short stories, giveaways and a book review competition.
War Horse author Michael Morpurgo will explain his relationship with books as a child, and the writer of Dead Romantic C. J. Skuse will reveal why stories are her best friends.
Children’s stories by the newspapers’ readers will also be published on a weekly basis starting with Rebecca Gryspeerdt’s Anna’s Friend Ferdinand.
Readers are also encouraged to enter the competition to win a great selection of books. Those interested need to pen a book review using 125 characters or less (including spaces and punctuation). There are four age categories (0-5, 6-8, 9-11 and 12-15) each with their own prize. Submissions can be sent by email to Bede MacGowan, the editor of the Somerset newspapers (firstname.lastname@example.org), or via Twitter (@bedemacgowan). Send the book’s title as a separate tweet, and use the hashtag #LoveWords.